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having middle/upper back numbness on the left side. comes and goes. feels extremely uncomfortable when i bend over. could it be a pinched nerve?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Could be!: Definitely could be a pinched nerve! When you bend forward it stretches the nerves that exit your spine, so any injury or pressure that is on the nerve will be irritated by bending. Try to keep your back straight, and see your Dr if the symptoms do not resolve soon or if you develop pain.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Yes: It's possible the numbness may be from compression of a nerve. The nerves that leave the spinal cord divide into branches. The compression can occur at the point where the nerve leaves the spinal cord or further on down in one of the branches. I suspect in your case it's one of the local branches. If so it's likely to be temporary. You can try an over the counter pain reliever.If it persists see Dr.

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